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The Only Time Mike Tyson And Muhammad Ali Featured On The Same Talk Show Makes For Fascinating Viewing

The Only Time Mike Tyson And Muhammad Ali Featured On The Same Talk Show Makes For Fascinating Viewing

Mike Tyson and Muhammad Ali were only ever on one talk show together and it made for a historic moment between two legends.

The duo appeared on The Arsenio Hall show back in 1989 and also sat alongside 'Sugar' Ray Leonard.

Ali was 48-years-old while Tyson was 23 and in the midst of a world title run.

Hall asked both men who they thought would win should they ever step into the ring together.

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Ali replied with:

"I was a dancer. I wasn't that powerful but I was so fast."

"If he hit me," and Ali went on to feign a getting knocked out motion as the audience laughed in the background.

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You can check out the full segment below.

'Iron Mike' looked honoured to receive such praise from 'The Greatest' but he stayed humble in his reply.

He proclaimed:

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"In this situation, every head must bow, every tongue must confess, this man (Ali) is the greatest of all time.

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"I've seen him in the ring with killers. Foreman, Frazier - killers who hit much harder than I and he takes these guys greatest punches and that's what made him such a champion."

'The Baddest Man on the Planet' went on to express the way Ali gave him belief as a youngster and helped mold him into the fighter he became.

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"Watching Ali gave me this confidence and deep down inner belief," he explained.

"He used to make every prediction come true. He would take his character and use it to reflect against his opponents - and he made them believe that he was invincible."

Tyson's respect for Ali has shone through in recent years and he reaffirms that he'd have been beaten by Ali.

Speaking to 'This is 50' in 2012, Iron Mike explained exactly why no one could have beaten prime Ali.

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He said:

"There's no man like him, everything we have, he supersedes it.

"Nobody beats Ali, it's not about the muscle memory it's not about concentration it's just about him doing it.

"I can't beat that man, hell no f**k this (laughs)."

Who do you think would win if the two ever faced off?

Sound off in the comments below.

Featured Image Credit: MyInnerEyeInterview2/YouTube

Topics: Mike Tyson, Boxing News, Boxing, Legends, muhammad ali

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Daniel Marland

Daniel is a freelance journalist for SPORTbible and covers a variety of sports. He also has past experience of working at Manchester United and once locked eyes with Jose Mourinho. He lived to tell the tale.